Somehow we missed this during the Thanksgiving holiday, but it's still quite the clever video nonetheless. From their latest release, Tendre, Heypenny's latest single,"La La Loud" is more of a tame song than what we're used to hearing from the group, but that by no means that the track is any less worthy for your listening pleasure.
We're honored to present to you, "Purple Street", from Heypenny's upcoming album A Jillion Kicks. True story: these guys are insanely dedicated to bringing forth the awesome.
The album is now three years in the making. The band had originally crafted a record with multiple producers in two different studios and felt that they ultimately didn't capture the essence of the band, so they scrapped that record. Giving it another go, the band reached out to their fans via Kickstarter to fund the album and were able to re-track everything with close friend/musician/producer Charles Allison (who tracked Heypenny’s first full length Use These Spoons). Then with the help of talented mixing engineer Craig Alvin (Colourmusic, The Features, Hanson) the band was able to put the finishing touches on the record.
A Jillion Kicks features guest performances from 15 other Nashville based musicians including Byron House (Nickel Creek, Robert Plant), Kevin Teal (Cerys Matthews), Natalie Prass, Mikky Ekko and many more.
Heypenny ended up being my last stop of the night and I must admit, I feel like I wasn't prepared enough for this show. I think a Redbull and a few handfuls of candy might have possibly done the trick, but it's hard to say. Having said that, for a Brooklyn show deep in the heart of hipsterville, these guys were crazy amounts of energetic and it resonated throughout the crowd. In addition to their energy and musicianship, they also went the extra mile to put on a memorable show. Strewn across the stage were various televisions that displayed corresponding visuals with each song. The visuals were not overpowering of the performance by any means, but you could see how well everything was carefully thought out for each song. For example, during "CopCar", as singer Benjamin Elkins was interacting with the crowd during the bridge, I noticed that the moose graphics on the TVs were singing along with the crowd during their parts. That's precise timing AND clever visuals.My only complaint was that sometimes the lead vocals seemed drowned amongst everything else, but it's hard to say how much of that was their fault vs. Matchless'.
Heypenny are also playing tomorrow night at Crash Mansion at the Rethinkpopmusic Party at 12:30am. If there is a way that I can schedule my night around seeing them again, I totally will.
Check out the video I shot from last night's show of "CopCar" and tell me what you think!